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Best way to demo skis?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

So, I am riding the lift and the guy next to me has a different ski on each foot.   I am thinking WTF is up with this gaper, but I politely inquire about the very different graphics on his skis.   He explains to me that he is demoing skis and he was not sure how the demo skis compared to his current skis, so he was advised to wear his current ski on one foot and the demo ski on the other foot.  While it seemed a novel approach, I have never heard of this technique before.

 

What do you guys think?

post #2 of 19

To each his own.  When I demo skis I want the full effect of how they ski.

post #3 of 19

My first thought would be...masshole ROTF.gif

post #4 of 19

So how does buddy figure out what length he prefers? I'm not sure I want to be any where near a guy with a 170cm on one foot and a 180cm on another.eek.gif

post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

So how does buddy figure out what length he prefers? I'm not sure I want to be any where near a guy with a 170cm on one foot and a 180cm on another.eek.gif



Yeah, I think I would worry about the difference in the handling of the two and how I would react to that independently with each leg . . . at the same time. But maybe that's just a reflection on my own skiing ability.

post #6 of 19

If he were a WC racer or Demo Team member he could assess two different skis that way (well, maybe not in deep powder). But he isn't.

 

Your guy "was not sure how the demo skis compared to his current skis". If he can't remember movements and sensations from one run to the next, his odds of assessing L ski vs. R are lower than his odds of flopping over while trying to think and ski at the same time. biggrin.gif

 

I'd give him and that shop a wide margin... him for safety, them for offering such goofy advice.

 

A good shop might have told him one of two things:

  • You're right, these skis are actually quite similar to your old ones. If you're looking for variety let's talk about that. What are do you wish your present skis did differently?
  • Hmmm, these skis are actually quite different from your old ones. If you really can't feel those differences then perhaps you should spend your next $500 on lessons. That would help you get the most out of any pair of skis.

 

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

Apparently, it wasn't the shop that made this advice -- it was a friend.....  But then, what are friends for?

post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by bbinder View Post

Apparently, it wasn't the shop that made this advice -- it was a friend.....  But then, what are friends for?



I guess for making you look stupid!

post #9 of 19

After reading this thread, I think I'm going to try riding with two different skis for a run or two this weekend. I've never tried it and it could be interesting.

post #10 of 19

I have demoed boots this way.

post #11 of 19

This is just one more example of the great saying:

 

"You can't make this stuff up."

 

 

post #12 of 19

I did something similar a couple of years ago when I was demoing skis that had a "power switch".  I set the two skis to different settings to see if I could tell the difference.  I couldn't, so I saved a couple hundred bucks by buying the model without the switch.  YMMV.

post #13 of 19

I wonder what it would be like to demo a DPS Spoon on one foot and FIS SL ski on the other foot?  tongue.gif

post #14 of 19

FUN!

 

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

After reading this thread, I think I'm going to try riding with two different skis for a run or two this weekend. I've never tried it and it could be interesting.



Do it.   Leave the nattering naysayers to their hidebound habits.

post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I have demoed boots this way.



1 Flexon / 1 Nava?

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post



1 Flexon / 1 Nava?



1 Nava / 1 Moonboot

 

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post #18 of 19

I used to ski with a ski shop owner who had one straight ski and one shaped ski on each foot.  He did it to start conversations on the chair lift.  He was totally able to ski this way, but from being behind him, I could tell that he was compensating with every turn.  

post #19 of 19

You mean like this?

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Funny thing is, I have a pair just like them!

 

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